HOT BLAST: The meaning of war
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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Conor Friedersdorf takes note of Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks this week on Capitol Hill:

When people are asked, do you want to go to war in Syria? Of course not. Everybody, 100 percent of Americans would say no. We say no. We don’t want to go to war in Syria either. That’s not what we’re here to ask.

Friedersdorf responds:

War is the word for when one military gets powerful explosives, fires them at adversaries in another country, and destroys their military hardware and weapons. If any country on earth struck American bunkers, airfields, or artillery batteries, virtually every last American would understand that as an act of war.

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